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Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley Hospitalized After Fall

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Dr. Ralph StanleyBluegrass and mountain music legend, Dr. Ralph Stanley, 88, was hospitalized last week following a fall that caused a small fracture in his pelvis. The banjo artist underwent minor surgery last Saturday. Stanley's grandson, Nathan Stanley, reports that “Dr. Stanley is recovering from a small pelvic fracture. He is doing great and expected to have full recovery.”

Nathan Stanley wrote, "I spoke with the doctors today and they expect him to have a complete recovery. I was with him all of last night, this morning, and this evening. He is one tough human being. God surely has his hands upon him. My papaw will get to come home Friday or Saturday.”

Upcoming events with the award winning artist have been cancelled as a result of his medical concerns and his future committments remain uncertain. Stanley's publicist, Norma Morris, said "he had been feeling quite sluggish of late, with very little energy. His doctors think that he should recover completely, and be feeling fit as a fiddle in no time. "

For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle VA, Ralph Stanley was the second child of Lucy Jane and Lee Stanley. In 1946, along with his older brother Carter Stanley, they formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo. The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most popular brother acts in Country Music history. The Stanley Brothers traveled together for 20 years, recording some of the most mournful mountain songs to date.

In 2000, Ralph was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. In 2002, Ralph Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" of the haunting rendition of "Oh Death" that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of "O Brother Where Art Thou." In 2006, he received the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress and National medal of arts given by President George W. Bush. Ralph Stanley is not only an American treasure, but an international Icon.

The music community wishes Stanley a speedy recovery.

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